By Gary L. Bauer
Campaign for Working Families
- The first thing Obama's Interior Secretary did when he took office was to cancel scores of drilling leases.
- The number of operational rigs in the Gulf of Mexico was cut in half after the 2010 BP spill. Why? Because of an Obama drilling ban that held up scores of permits.
- So what about Obama's claim that oil production is up? It's not -- not on land controlled by the federal government. A March 14th report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration noted, "Total sales of all fossil fuels produced on Federal and Indian lands rose by about 1 percent between fiscal year 2009 and FY 2010 and dropped by about 6 percent between FY 2010 and FY 2011." [Emphasis added.]
- Obama's Energy Secretary once advocated $8.00-a-gallon gasoline.
- A Harvard study estimated that Obama's cap and trade scheme could have resulted in $7.00-a-gallon gasoline.
- In his speech today, Obama said, "We don't want to be vulnerable to something that's happening on the other side of the world." No we don't. But it was Barack Obama who blocked the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring in more oil from friendly Canada.
- According to Gallup, 57% of Americans want the Keystone XL pipeline built. Just 29% oppose it. Obama sided with the 29%.
- He wants to bankrupt the coal industry, which he admits will cause electricity rates to "necessarily skyrocket."